Retired 17th JDC Judge Bernard L. Knobloch, 85, died Saturday, March 14, 2009. He graduated from Thibodaux College in 1939 and began pre-law studies at LSU. In 1942, after enrolling in law school, he resigned to train as an Army Air Force Cadet and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant. He served as a bombardier during World War II, flying 36 combat missions. After his discharge in 1945, he returned to LSU Law School and earned his L.L.B. in 1948 and entered into the practice of law with his father. In 1968, he was sworn in as First Assistant District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District where he worked until his election as judge in the 17th JDC in 1972. He was a 1975 graduate of the National College of State Judiciary and was appointed to the first Board of Governors of the Louisiana Judicial College. He also served as Chief Judge of the 17th JDC. Active in a number of civic and area organizations, he retired from the bench in 1987.